Engagement...Retention...Creativity...Convenience. The articles "Using Podcasts as Audio Learning Objects" (Cebeci and Tekedal, 2006) and "Getting Their iLessons" (Hoagland, 2007, February 7) really stress the importance of engaging students into curriculums and being creative in showing what they learn. For educators, this is a convenient tool that can cut down on the redundancy of classroom lectures, and also present information in a concise manner. This is convenient for students as well because they can access these podcasts at any time of the day. Oddly enough, this may actually seem like a more personal environment than the classroom setting because you can have the teacher repeat anything without wasting anyone else's time.
"History to Go: Why iTeach with iPods" (Vess, 2006) talks about using iPods to deliver course material, because of how people are so connected to these devices. In addition, implementing podcasts with this tool allows students to verbally deliver their reports and reflections of course materials, further developing verbal communication skills. Typically people Podcasts would be a lot more fun than writing and typing reports.